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Jazz Up Your Blues Playing with 8 Free Frank Vignola Guitar Lessons

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Do you want to learn play jazz blues, or add in jazz to your blues playing like Larry Carlton or Robben Ford? By exposing yourself to jazz harmonies and melody, you can easily add in jazz phrasing to your blues improvisation and soloing. In the second volume of Jazzin’ the Blues, Frank Vignola presents performance studies that will each focus in on one concept that you can use to “jazz up your blues.”

In these free guitar lessons taken from the course, Frank will apply bluesy licks to a ii-V pattern over two different choruses, and then he’ll show you how to use the harmonic minor scale with a Bb minor blues jam. Let’s jazz it up!

Bluesy Two Five – Overview

In this set, we mix two five patterns with classic blues licks. We’re in the key of Bb for this jam. In the first chorus, I use the rhythm guitar part as part of the solo, using it and letting it speak before I start to solo. In the 2nd chorus, I play bluesy ideas right over the top of this cool rhythm part.

Bluesy Two Five – Performance

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Bluesy Two Five – Breakdown

Bluesy Two Five: Chorus 2 – Performance

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Bluesy Two Five: Chorus 2 – Breakdown

Harmonic Minor Scale – Overview

In this set, we introduce the harmonic minor scale to the blues. The jam is a Bb minor blues jam. Make sure you check out the cool progression in this one. In the first chorus, I stay strictly with the scale and some vibrato. The second chorus, I tried to keep it a bit more melodic. Check it out.

Harmonic Minor Scale – Performance

Download the tab, notation, and jam track for this jazz blues guitar lesson on TrueFire.

Harmonic Minor Scale – Breakdown


If you’re ready for even more jazz concepts to add in to your blues repertoire, then head over to TrueFire to see the full course. As always, you’ll get the tab, notation, and jam tracks to go along with every performance study. Check it out now!